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Ever have an awkward moment when you have to pretend to be an Anglo at the taqueria because you don’t speak Spanish? Alfonso “White Boy Mexican” Ochoa reports.

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She only has one wish, Sandra Bullock told George Lopez in 2009: She wants to be “more Latina.” Sympathetic Lopez gets Bullock a chola makeover.

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barkleyHe was only 19 when he died in 1918, a kid who would become America’s first Latino Medal of Honor Recipient.

His posthumous Medal of Honor for heroism came in 1919, but his acknowledgement as a Latino had to wait until 1989.

Wikipedia explains:

David Bennes Barkley was born March 31, 1899 in Laredo in Webb County in south Texas, to Josef and the former Antonia Cantú.

He grew up with his Mexican-American mother. He enlisted in the Army when the United States entered what was then known as the Great War.

He used his Anglo father’s name to avoid being segregated into a non-combat unit. [Mas…]


Being brown, growing old, living as a short person — Johnny Sanchez shares TMI about the intimate secrets of Mexican-American men.


Stunning Hawaii footage of Mexican-American surfer Kai Mana gets mashed up with Cheech and Chong’s song Mexican-Americans and it’s a video win.

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Chicano_Pride_by_fokrWho are we?

In my journey as a community activist and Chicano advocate, I’ve experienced many fascinating elements that have inspired me but also scarred me to my very soul.

I have fought the Chicano politician who capitulated in the selling out of his community, broke bread with the “Old Man” whom lent the little he had but gave unselfishly of his wisdom, and have shared space with our sons who have fallen victim to a privatized prison system.

I have fought the white dragon of racism and today… today will begin the telling of those many travels.

There are many obstacles preventing the Chicano people from achieving American uni-culturalism, but none more profound than the many differing points of view available within the Chicano community itself on what it means to be Chicano. [Mas…]


Is George Lopez just as funny when he’s a cartoon? POCHO blogs, you decide! [NSFW adult language.]

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Homies have a dream: ‘Raza for President’ (video)

by Verdana Bold January 22, 2014 Cultura
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Is it time for a Homie in the Casa Blanca?

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POCHO History 101: Public Enemy, Arizona, MLK Day (video)

by Soy Capitan January 20, 2014 Cultura
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Twenty-one years ago Public Enemy‘s epic By the Time I Get to Arizona spotlighted the Hate State of Arizona’s failure to implement the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

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Pocho Ocho signs you grew up in a Mexican family/household

by Especial Correspondents December 5, 2013 Cultura
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Here is a listicle partially inspired by a mas longer listicle on BuzzFeed, because they are the listicle professionals, tu sabes. ¡Mira! The Pocho Ocho signs you grew up in a Mexican household/family: 8. Virgen de Guadalupe veladoras. 7. Your first introduction to dramatic acting was a telenovela. 6. You always wondered why gringos celebrated […]

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Mexclusive: Hollywood has called my bluff with ‘Bordertown’ at Fox!

by LALO ALCARAZ, JEFE=IN-CHIEF November 13, 2013 Cartoons
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Fox has just announced the pickup of a new animated TV show called Bordertown, debuting in 2014. It was created by the showrunner of Family Guy, Mark Hentemann. I was offered a gig writing and consulting on the show, and I happily accepted. This will be the first animated prime time network TV show with […]

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[Breaking] Back to School: Boys named ‘José’ get new names

by EresNerd September 5, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) All across America, elementary school teachers performed a traditional back-to-school ritual this week — the ceremonial renaming of thousands of boys named “José.” The annual ritual is performed when teachers take roll in the morning: First, teachers call the boys named “José” by new “American” names, typically “Joe,” “Joey,” or […]

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Pocho Gothic (toon)

by HABLO PICASSO June 11, 2013 Cartoons
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One picture is worth a thousand words. This illustration begs the question, “Are you looking at me?” [Painting by Mike Madrid]

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An Open Letter to the Denver Public Library Commission

by Santino J. Rivera May 14, 2013 El Now
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An Open Letter to the Denver Public Library Commission: I am writing in response to the so-called “ire” that was reported in the Denver Post regarding the new West Denver library being named after Rodolfo Corky Gonzales. I am an author/publisher and a Denver native. I am also Chicano. My roots in Denver run deep […]

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Eligio El Nene wants you to know: ‘En America Se Habla Ingles’ (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 17, 2013 Cultura
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Eligio The Kid and his super hero squad of Extranjeros realize that in America, one needs to speak English. I’m so sorry you don’t know what I say!

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Cristela Alonzo is from the Mexican part of Texas, i.e. Texas (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 5, 2013 Cultura
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Texas Mexican Cristela Alzonzo represents (old school Nintendo style) in this Comedy Time Latino clip from 2009. She has also lied on her resume.

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‘Spitfire,’ a novel by Annette Sandoval (Chapters 1-2)

by ANNETTE SANDOVAL April 4, 2013 Cultura
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Interoffice Memo To: Samantha From: Tomi Date: July 12, 2011 Subject: Guess what? Scott, the new associate, just offered me the executive assistant job. He says we could do a three-month trial. He’s offering $45,000 a year. What do you think? Tomi P.S. Yo mama is so ugly she makes onions cry.

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It’s Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and Google threw a Doodle party

by Lalo Alcaraz April 1, 2013 El Now
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Late Saturday night, as I searched for some historical images for a new history book I’m illustrating, I saw that Google had finally honored farm labor icon Cesar Chavez with their “Google Doodle.” My first thought (and tweet) was, “Brace yourselves for anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-Cesar Chavez racist hate from internet Christians on their Holy Day.”  […]

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HipHopAlkatraz and Midget Loco: ‘Me-xicano’ (NSFW music video)

by JUAN Q. PUBLIC March 1, 2013 Cultura
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. HipHopAlkatraz and Midget Loco are proud to say Me Xicano. (NSFW language.)

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Grad student realizes lesbian tendencies don’t make her Frida Kahlo

by María Purísima February 13, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS ANGELES)  María de Luz Guzmán Villa had a disturbing realization this week: being a lesbian in grad school does not make her more like the Mexican icon Frida Kahlo. Like many others, Guzmán Villa first experimented with trying to be like Frida, especially her lesbian tendencies, after her first Intro […]

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Grammy-award winning Quetzal: ‘Imaginaries’ (videos)

by QUESO QUESEM February 11, 2013 Cultura
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Here’s a video about the album Imaginaries by East Los Angeles band Quetzal, which won a Grammy in the “Latin rock, urban or alternative album” category Sunday night. And here’s an actual Quetzal music video called This Is My Home about East Los:

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Navarrette vs Acuña: The debate about DREAMers gets personal

by Comic Saenz January 4, 2013 Cultura
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Ruben Navarrette, Jr. Dr. Rodolfo Francisco Acuña   It’s the debate that’s burning up the blogosphere. Talking head and self-promoting Latino expert Ruben Navarrette, Jr. thinks those DREAMers are so SELFISH and LAME and NEEDY that they are drawing attention away from important topics, the most important of which is Navarrette who is no pinche […]

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Meet my elementary school hero: ‘Facundo the Great’ (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 26, 2012 Cartoons
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Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez narrates: My name was Ramón, but the teachers called me Raymond; Maria was Mary and Juanita was Jane. But everything changed at school when the new kid came — Facundo. More Chunky Sanchez: Ballad of the Pocho by Los Alacranes (music video)

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